Youth and Family Spring Classes

After School Studio Arts 

(for ages 6-9 and 10-13 years)

April 24-May 25

Our newest after school program provides a rich foundation for children to explore a wide variety of art mediums. In this studio setting, children have access to the knowledge and practice of working artists and are surrounded by people creating. The extended time alloted for this program ensures kids have a chance to problem solve, experiment, and build technical skills--all under the guidance of experienced teaching artists who understand what kids need at each stage of their creative development.

Each five week session consists of clay handbuilding, printmaking, sculpture, drawing and painting, guided by a professional teaching artist. Students are divided by age groups as necessary for skill development. Students are welcome to make up a class on another day, if they miss their session due to illness or school absence.The flexible drop-off time allows friends near and far to join together for art classes!


Sample Daily Schedule

3:30-4:30pm (flexible drop-off time): independent art projects, snack, collaborative projects

4:30-6pm - Arts instruction/ceramics, printmaking, metals, drawing/painting 

Cost: $115 for 1 day per week for 5 weeks (choose day: M,T,W,Th)                              

Price includes a sketchbook, all materials and kiln firings.

Financial aid is available (but limited) to eligible students in need of assistance. To apply, please inquire during registration.


Drawing and Illustration in the Middle Years

ages 11-16


Drawing and illustration skills can be developed and the middle years are the perfect time to build confidence with guided instruction! In this supportive group class, we draw from observation and work with an artist to learn ways to "see" differently. Learn about drawing materials and techniques, with a focus on use of line, value, texture, proportion, composition and expression.

A great class for absolute beginners to intermediate young artists! We'll work together to offer encouragement, support each other in taking drawing risks, and discover exciting new ways to make paper amd canvas come alive with images.

6:30-8pm 6 Tuesdays, April 18- May 23 online registration


Cost: $125 includes all materials and a sketchbook

Instructor: Dylan Evans Weiler



Drawing and Painting Animals

(9-12 years)


We LOVE animals around Blackbird, especially our pets! They're one of our favority things to draw and paint. Join us to learn how to use different drawing materials with a focus on shape, point of view, texture and color to create realistic animals of all sorts! Experiment with a variety of drawing techniques to grow skills as an artist. Bring a photo of your favorite animal or pet for inspiration. 

6:30-8pm 4 Mondays, May 1-22 online registration


Cost: $75 includes all materials and a sketchbook

Instructor:  Hannah Safford



Side by Side Clay and Paint

(child 2-4 years w/an adult)

Discover the joy of creating with clay with your young child. Each week we'll explore different visual art concepts like light and shadow, color and texture, and experiment with how these work with painting techniques and clay. Our program is literature-based and begins with a story. Parents/caregivers join their child to participate and gain insight into the benefit of artmaking in early childhood development.

10-11am 4 Wednesdays, April 26-May 17 online registration


Cost: $60 for adult/child combo, includes all materials and kiln firings.


Family Pottery Wheel (Adult w/ child 8+ years)

It's so much fun to throw together! Roll up your sleeves and learn to turn a lump of clay into something functional.  We'll cover all the basics of centering, pulling, coning and trimming and show you the ropes on an extruder and slab roller. Once clay pieces are fired in the kiln, you'll select your colors and learn to glaze. Each person will leave with several pieces of unique wheel-thrown pottery. Good, messy, family fun. l

6-7:30pm 4 Wednesdays, April 26-May 17 CLASS IS FULL


Cost: $95/person includes all materials, 12 pounds of clay, glazes and kiln firings. 

Instructor: Lauren Panian and Phil Wilson



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